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MPs call for end to Turkey’s deforestation in Duhok

  2021-05-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Turkish army cut down treats, some over 100 years old, and loot it into Turkey in Sindia region in Zakho district, Duhok, Kurdistan Region. Photo by Kurdistan Parliament MP Hividar Ahmed on Facebook provided on May 30,2021.
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Parliament’s lawmaker Ali Ham Sallih said on (May 30) that Turkey is trying to destroy the forests in Zap, Avashin and Metina in northern Duhok governorate and turn them into military bases amid an ongoing Turkey’s push in northern Kurdistan Region’s governorate of Duhok.  

“Turkey has not made that only in Bashur [Kurdistan Region], it has also destroyed the most beautiful nature in Dersim in Bakur [Southeastern Turkey],” Hama Salih said. “Turkey claims these areas.”

The lawmaker also stated that the Turkish army has constructed roads in the occupied areas to connect them to areas inside Turkey. He also lambasted the Kurdistan Region’s presidencies and political parties for their “silence” to the Turkish aggressions. 

“Turkey’s gangs have been cutting down and stealing trees in Sinat, Mergashish, Shish, Kalok, Masi villages etc…  in Sindia region in Zakho district,” another Kurdistan Parliament lawmaker, Hividar Ahmed, said. 

Ahmed called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to take legal and diplomatic measures into the issue and called on the international community to put end to the Turkey’s practice. 

The lawmakers’ statements come two days another lawmaker, Heving Hiruri, on Friday, disclosed the issue for the first time, saying the Turkish army has brought in companies into the Kurdistan Region to cut down trees and transport them into Turkey. 

Earlier today, Turkey’s warplanes bombed Linki mountain in Shiladze sub-district, northeast of Duhok. 

Since April 23, Turkey has started an operation against PKK members in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region.

PKK has started an armed struggle for Kurdish cultural rights against the Turkish authorities since 1984. It is headquartered in the Kurdistan Region’s mountainous areas. 

At least three civilians have been wounded including one critically and four villages have been evacuated amid fearing Turkey’s ongoing bombardments. 

Turkey’s airstrike and shelling are almost a daily recurrence in the Kurdistan Region, more notably in the border areas. It launches cross-border operations every now and then.

The current Turkey’s operation has not caused a civilian death, but at a Turkish land and air operation claimed the lives of at least thirteen civilians in 2020.

(Zhyan English)